12/12/2012 - Prepare for Thunder Storms

The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
 
Time of issue: 8.35am
Date of issue: 12 December 2012
 
Take action with severe thunderstorms from Lancelin to Lake King to Windy Harbour, including the Perth metropolitan area.   If you live between Lancelin to Lake King to Windy Harbour you should take action and stay safe with the start of thunderstorms.
 
This includes people in, near and between Perth, Mandurah, York, Narrogin, Bunbury, Busselton, Katanning, Marget River and Bridgetown.   This weather could damage homes and make travel dangerous.
 
WHAT TO DO:
State Emergency Service (SES) has these tips to help you and your family stay safe:

  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows
  • If caught outside find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
  • Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water

 
If it is safe to do so clear gutters to prevent localised flooding from heavy rainfall.
 
IF DRIVING:

  • Slow down, turn your lights on and keep a safe distance from other drivers
  • If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current
  • Be careful driving on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy and vehicles could become bogged.

THUNDERSTORM DETAILS:
As at 7.41am on 12 December 2012 the Bureau of Meteorology advises that an area of thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall lies near a line from just north of Bunbury to Wandering and is moving slowly south.
 
There are more storms south of this area and they could extend to remaining parts of the warning area during today.    Very heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding with once in 50 year rainfall intensities has been observed in the areas between Mandurah and Harvey.
 
Storms may be accompanied by damaging winds and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding and cause damage to homes and property.
 
Recorded rainfall for this event includes Harvey 91.4mm, Mandurah 70.2mm and Myalup 69.8mm.
 
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

  • If your home has been badly damaged by a storm call the SES on 132 500
  • In a life threatening situation call 000
  • For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.

 
After a storm SES volunteers make temporary repairs to homes that have been badly damaged, such as roofs that have been ripped off or large fallen trees on homes and cars. Please contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or listen to news bulletins.